Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention Program
Proposition 41 provides resources to help provide homes for California’s most vulnerable veterans.
Following passage of Proposition 41 in June 2014, the Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention (VHHP) program was created to invest $600 million of existing bond funds for the creation and preservation of affordable homes with supportive services for veterans who are experiencing homeless or on the brink of becoming homeless. The program is administered jointly by HCD, CalHFA, and CalVet to create housing opportunities for veterans and their families.
Proposition 41 provides resources to help provide homes California’s most vulnerable veterans. Learn more about the program and sign up to receive updates by visiting the program’s website
Also, as part of our policy and advocacy program, SDHF is taking a local leadership role in providing feedback to the lead state agencies on the program and monitoring its design and implementation.
During the public comment period, SDHF consulted with members and partners across the region and crafted this comment letter to share with HCD, CalHFA, and CalVet reaction and feedback from San Diego on the proposed guidelines for the Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention program.
You can also learn more reviewing the presentations and materials from SDHF’s panels and workshops
- September Roundtable: Prop 41, MHP Supportive Housing and MHSA
Posted: November 26, 2014
Comments on Draft Guidelines for VHHP Due Dec 10
Draft guidelines for the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention (VHHP) Program, authorized by Proposition 41 of 2014 and AB 639 of 2013, are now available for review.
Written comments on the draft guidelines are being accepted until December 10, 2014, and two public hearings have been scheduled. For details, see the “Public Comment Notice” posted on the above website.
Posted: July 22, 2014
VHHP Public Comment Period Ends Wed., July 23
Proposition 41 which authorized the issuance of $600 million in General Obligation Bonds to fund the acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of affordable multifamily supportive housing, affordable transitional housing, affordable rental housing, or related homeless and low-income veterans and their families was overwhelmingly approved by voters on June 3rd.
With its passage, funding to implement the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention (VHHP) Program is in place and HCD, working collaboratively with CalHFA and CalVet, is in the process of designing, developing, and administering the VHHP Program pursuant to AB 639 (Chapter 727, Statutes of 2013, Pérez) to provide critical resources to begin helping homeless veterans in California. HCD, CalHFA and CalVet issued a joint press release June 11th detailing the next steps in the design and implementation of the Program.
In addition to an initial round of stakeholder meetings scheduled across the state during the month of July, interested parties are invited to submit comments on the VHHP Program Draft Program Framework. You can use SDHF’s own letter as a template for your comments and letter.
Posted: June 24, 2014
Veterans Housing Program Design and Implementation
Stakeholder meetings have been scheduled to gather input on targeting services and identifying where the demand is greatest for this important new program. Members of the public are invited to attend these stakeholder meetings.
Stakeholder outreach meetings to present the program framework and proposed policies will be held in four locations, including San Diego:
July 15, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.
San Diego California State Office Building
1350 Front Street, Room B109
San Diego, CA 92101
Subsequent stakeholder meetings will be held in San Diego, Los Angeles and the Bay Area in September 2014 to allow for comments on the draft program guidelines. Additional information on the dates and times of these stakeholder sessions will be posted on the HCD and CalVet websites.
Posted: June 11, 2014
Prop 41 passes!
There was reason to celebrate on June 3rd as the results of the primary election rolled in with the great news that Proposition 41, the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Act of 2014, passed with strong voter support. In San Diego County, Prop 41 passed with 68 percent voter support. An early supporter of the proposal for these funds, the San Diego Housing Federation endorsed AB 639, the bill that passed the legislature to place the measure on the ballot, and advocated for the bill’s passage at both in-district and capitol visits to our local legislators. SDHF was a strong supporter of the YES on Prop 41 campaign and will continue to support implementation of this important program.
On any given night, roughly 16,000 veterans in California have no place to call home and nearly 10 percent of those veterans live in the San Diego region. They sleep in parks, under bridges, in their cars, in emergency shelters, or on a friend’s couch. Now, thanks to voter approval of Proposition 41 and the partnership of three state agencies, more veterans will have access to a permanent, safe and affordable home.
Just one week after passage of Prop 41, the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet), the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and the California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) have announced stakeholder meetings to be held in July around the state to help inform implementation of the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Program.
Posted: May 27, 2014
You Can Help Secure Affordable Homes for Veterans
We hope that you and yours enjoyed your holiday weekend and had an opportunity to reflect and honor the servicemen and women who have paid the ultimate price to serve our country.
Now, we ask you do something that will help create affordable homes for those veterans that are here with us today and struggling to find a stable and affordable place to call home.
The San Diego Housing Federation strongly supports Prop 41 and encourages its members and partners to vote YES on Prop 41 on June 3rd.
Prop 41, the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act of 2014, would tap into $600 million of underutilized veterans home-loan bonds to build affordable, multi-family housing for low-income veterans.
Preference will be given to projects that would build transitional and supportive housing for homeless or at-risk veterans.
Proposition 41 has a wide range of bipartisan support including business groups, labor and veterans organizations and affordable housing advocates. SDHF supports Prop 41, as thousands of veterans will have a new home without raising taxes.
HELP PASS PROP 41
- Vote YES on Prop 41 on June 3rd
- Talk to your family, friends and colleagues about why they should Vote YES on Prop 41. Share that this is a proposition with broad bipartisan support that will help build affordable homes with supportive services for homeless veterans and those at risk of homelessness, without raising taxes.
- Use social media to help raise awareness. Here are some sample posts or you can retweet from @SDHFtweets
- Vote #YESonProp41 on June 3 to help build affordable and stable homes for veterans who have served our country www.yesonprop41forvets.org
- Prop 41 has bipartisan support & will help build affordable homes w/ supportive services for veterans who have served. June 3 #YESonProp41
- Honoring and protecting those who have served and protected us. I am voting #YESonProp41 to build homes for homeless and at-risk veterans
- I believe that we can and must end veterans’ homelessness by 2015. Let’s get there by voting #YESonProp41 on June 3rd.
- Contribute to the campaign as an individual or organization